The Instagram account of English actor David Pattinson is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes content. The 47-year-old, who is best known for his work on Doctor Who, shared countless funny stories on his feed.
But aside from being a source of comedy, his Instagram account also serves as a portal into the mind of one of England’s most successful actors.
Here, we explore the most successful actor on Instagram in detail, starting with an overview of his career.
Overview Of His Career
Pattinson was born and raised in Newcastle, England. He attended Newcastle University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in acting. He later went on to study at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (which he attended for three years).
After graduation, Pattinson landed a role in the British TV series A Touch of Frost. He subsequently appeared in several other series, including the popular Doctor Who, for which he is most well known. He also starred in several films, including the 2014 horror thriller You’ll be Dead by Midnight.
Pattinson also serves as the president of the British Independent Film Awards, which celebrates the best in independent film. In that role, he often promotes films at the awards ceremonies. And he frequently collaborates with filmmakers, providing original material for films and TV shows, such as the Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows—Part 2 scripts he wrote.
The Most Influential Actor Of Our Time
Pattinson has undoubtedly succeeded in his chosen field. He has starred in a string of popular films and television shows, and his work has won him numerous accolades, including a BAFTA for his role as Ricky Butcher in the 1997 Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
In 2015, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama. Later that year, he received a Special Award at the British Independent Film Awards for his services to drama.
In 2017, he was named one of the most influential people in Britain, along with Queen Elizabeth II and Hollywood actors Robert De Niro and Emma Thompson, in a special issue of Tatler magazine. At 71, he is the youngest person on the list.
The King Of Posts
It would be remiss of us not to mention the sheer volume of content on Pattinson’s Instagram account. He currently has over 700,000 followers, and posts several times a day, on average. Sometimes he will film and post a video about his filming experiences, such as his starring role in the upcoming series The Long Road to Winter. Others will be funny anecdotes from his stand-up comedy sets, or original poems he’s written.
Why Does He Have So Many Followers?
Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to dive into the demographics of Pattinson’s followers. As revealed by researcher and performance analytics firm Socialbakers, the majority of his followers are between the ages of 18 and 24.
Additionally, over 70% of his followers are located in the United Kingdom, with the next largest group coming from the United States (13%). The least number of followers comes from Indonesia (0.3%).
Amongst the demographics that follow him, women are 50% more likely to follow a television actor, while men are more inclined to follow a film actor. This makes sense if you consider that men are more likely to be driven by visuals while women are more influenced by content, such as compelling audio or video content.
Why This Account Is So Successful
So, we know what kinds of content people are drawn to on Pattinson’s page—we’ve uncovered the secret to his success. But aside from being funny, his Instagram account contains a wealth of information about his work and the industry, and it’s all accessible to his followers.
Pattinson frequently shares behind-the-scenes content from the sets of his various projects. For example, he often posted photos from the set of Doctor Who, including pics from the iconic 50th anniversary special, along with other photos from the show’s various locations, such as Cardiff Bay, which was apparently once frequented by the notorious gangster Frank Lucas.
And, for fans of the British science-fiction series, he also posted photos from the set of the recent Christmas special, along with some great behind-the-scenes trivia that comes from that episode. It turns out that the special was filmed in Hungary and Romania, using sets and costumes from the popular show, Game of Thrones. There are also photos of the English actor in costume as Dr. Watson, which he shared from the set of his film, The Inbetweeners 2.
Additionally, as mentioned earlier, this account is an excellent source of information about the film and television industry. Fans of Doctor Who will find that this is a goldmine of behind-the-scenes photos and factoids.
The Accountants’ Secret
One of the things that make this account so valuable is that all of this content is performed without the use of agency accountants. Hollywood is a notorious hub for accountants, with some estimates putting the figure at over 10%. However, it’s rare to see an actor’s accountants go public with their role in managing the account, as Pattinson’s team of four (he shares the workload with two assistants) have done.
The reason behind this is quite simple. Hollywood is a notoriously expensive place to live, and it’s quite unlikely that any one individual could survive financially. This is why many actors have agents tasked with managing their finances, as well as looking after their acting contracts and scheduling their jobs.
Pattinson’s team of four reveal that, as well as being a full-time job, they also have to find the time to balance their personal lives with the demands of the business. They reveal that they spend around four hours a day, Monday through Friday, just keeping up with the content that he posts on a regular basis.
Although he’s been a busy and successful actor for ages, it wasn’t until recently that social media really took off amongst the general public. Back in 2014, Instagram barely had 500 million monthly active users. Today, that figure is well over one billion. More and more people are choosing to capture and share their lives online, using platforms like Instagram to showcase the content that they love. As a result, platforms like Instagram are having an ever-increasing impact on our lives, as well as society in general.
In 2017, TikTok, the content sharing platform, became the most popular app in the world, with 500 million monthly active users. In the last year alone, TikTok’s user base has jumped from 350 million to 500 million, with Facebook’s acquisition of TikTok for a billion dollars not so far being the ultimate testament to the platform’s growing popularity.
These apps have completely changed the way that we find and consume content. Even more impressively, they have also changed the way that actors find and consume content. While previously, Hollywood would choose a few film festivals, or maybe a play, to promote a new movie, they are now choosing to take advantage of the opportunity that social media provides.